Developing a Patient Education Module for VA Patients to Promote the Whole Health Approach

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“Have you ever left a doctor’s visit feeling unsure about what you’re supposed to do next? Or has your doctor asked you questions that you couldn’t answer?” These questions are the crux of a funded partnership between the VA North Texas Health System, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), and the University of North Texas Health Science System (UNTHSC) Division of Academic Innovation (DAI).


Dorothy Sanders-Thompson, DNP, M.S.-HS, R.N., CCRN-K., is the Veteran Health Education Coordinator for VA North Texas Health Care System and part of the Whole Health Network-Wide Education Faculty. Dr. Sanders-Thompson began her career at VA North Texas Health Care System (VANTHCS) in 2007. Her background includes various clinical, educational, and administrative roles within the nursing profession. As part of her scholarly work, she has presented work on leadership, education, diversity, and other various topics. She has published a scholarly paper, which has been cited by others. Dr. Sanders-Thompson has a strong commitment to faculty development. She Coaches and mentors of the next generation of nurses. Thus, contributing to continuation of evidence-base, high-quality care and advancing the profession of nursing.

John McKenzie is the Executive Director of the Division of Academic Innovation at The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth. In this role, he leads teams that develop online and face-to-face courses, skill- and competency-based microcredentials, and accredited continuing education experiences for both internal and community audiences. John collaborates with faculty for face-to-face, blended, and online course design and development. He also guides the strategy for the adoption and implementation of instructional technologies at UNTHSC. Prior to his time at HSC, he was a professor of Communication for a number of years, teaching at UT-Austin and Lakeland University (Wisconsin). During his time leading the program at Lakeland, the Communication major grew to be one of the top 10 academic programs at the university for recruitment in less than 4 years.

Katie Leath is a passionate health communicator with nearly a decade of experience in making health information easy to read, understand, and use. She leads the team of health literacy and plain language experts at the UAMS Center for Health Literacy. She lends her health communication expertise to help create and edit health-related materials for patients and consumers at UAMS and beyond. Before joining the UAMS Center for Health Literacy, Katie worked in various public health roles including administration, communications, and research and evaluation. Katie earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing with a minor in graphic design from the University of Central Arkansas. She graduated with honors from UAMS with a master of public health degree and from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a master’s degree in applied communication studies.

  • Describe the Whole Health Approach
  • Articulate the ingredients and lessons learned from this multi-institutional partnership
  • Raise awareness of information needs of VA patients

This project supports the mission of the NNLM by improving public health by providing U.S. health professionals equal access to biomedical information and improving the public’s access to information and enabling them to make informed decisions about their health. 

Following the presentation, please stay for closing announcements from Martha Meacham, NNLM Program Director

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Class Details

Date(s): January 26, 2024
Time: 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM EST
Platform: Zoom
CE Credits: 1.00
CE Categories: MLA
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Host/Instructor: Brian Leaf, Martha Meacham
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